Kildonan's volunteer mentor program targets 'at risk' or 'high risk' adolescents who are between the ages of 11 and 17 and may be experiencing difficult family circumstances, low self-esteem or problems at school and / or socially.
For over 16 years Kildonan's Youth Mentoring Program has had a huge impact on both the mentors and mentees that have passed through the program overcome feelings of isolation and disengagement.
The Youth Mentoring program has been designed to assist the young person:
Mentors are required to spend a couple of hours a week with their mentee for the first three months, and after that are encouraged to continue weekly or fortnightly visits.
Mentoring includes aspects of being a friend, a role model and someone who can help build a young person’s self-awareness and confidence, by simply being there for them.
Kildonan support mentors in the program in a number of ways:
How to access
Becoming a mentor:
Volunteer mentors come from all walks of life, young and old, and have a variety of skills and abilities.
Mentors must be:
Kildonan conducts a rigours vetting process to ensure the safety of both young people and volunteer mentors.
The process to become a mentor includes:
For further information on becoming a mentor, please contact Uniting Kildonan's Youth Mentoring Coordinator on 03 8401 0100.
For young people:
Referrals to this program can be made by case workers, school staff, community workers, or health service workers Speak with your Kildonan worker if you think you or someone you know may benefit from this program.